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Gerhard Struber previews Preston visit

20 January 2020

Gerhard Struber is anticipating a stern encounter when Preston North End visit Oakwell in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening.

The high-flying Lilywhites came from behind to beat struggling Charlton Athletic at the weekend to move within two points of the play-off places.

“I expect a very good team with a good organisation,” said Struber at his pre-match press conference. “They work very hard together and we expect that they will press us very high.

“It’s a tough task and it’s not a situation to relax; we need every single player on the limit and I hope we can bring the same attitude and focus like we did in the last games to make it difficult for Preston.”

When the two sides met back in October, Alex Neil’s side ran out 5-1 winners at Deepdale in what was Barnsley’s most demoralising defeat of the campaign.

Since then, however, the Reds’ form has picked up and Struber’s men can climb out of the bottom three for the first time since September.

“The result for the last time was a difficult game for Barnsley but I think we have changed many things from then,” continued the Austrian. “For tomorrow, it’s very important to have the right attitude, the right mentality and, also, we need to be very quick in our position.

“When we build up, we have no time, no space; it’s very tough but I trust my boys to find the right space. We need to always have control on the ball and this is the challenge; we can show what we can do. It’s a home game and the atmosphere is always very good and I hope tomorrow we can bring a very big performance on the field and, in the end, three points.”

You can watch Gerhard’s full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.


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